How To Make Your Workout Routine A Habit
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
How many times have you told yourself “I will start on Monday”? How many times have you tried to stick to a fitness routine and failed? How many times have you gone through different programs trying to find one that sticks?
Oh babe, I have done them all, and I have quit a million times. But in the past 3 years I have learnt the importance of making my workout a part of my daily routine.
Some days are amazing and some aren’t, but that’s not important, what IS important is that every single time I have felt so much better after my workout, and it resulted in a stronger and healthier body and mind.
If you are finishing week 5 of the #sweat12wc and feeling unmotivated and maybe a bit frustrated with your progress, take a moment to realize that you are amazing, and that you have been constantly taking care of yourself, every day for 5 whole weeks! Exercise is a way to show ourselves love. But also don’t beat yourself up. If you think about it, it is only 5 weeks. Just 5 weeks! Progress takes time and for the majority of us it can take more than 12 weeks to see physical results. I started to see physical results after 6 months, yes, 6 months of constant exercise and good eating habits.
Here are some tips to make this new lifestyle a habit, and keep it for the long term:
DO IT FOR YOURSELF: If you started to workout or eat healthier to look XYZ for a specific date, or to fit in a pair of jeans, it is most likely you will give it up once you have reached that goal. Do it because it makes you feel good, because you enjoy it and because you know it is good for you.
BOOK YOUR GYM SESSIONS LIKE APPOINTMENTS, or meetings with your boss. You have to take it seriously, and you have to take yourself seriously. You don’t have to become crazy about the gym, or feel guilty if you miss a workout but when planning your week, add your gym sessions to your calendar and take them as seriously as any other meeting. Consider this an important appointment with yourself that is non-negotiable.
BE REALISTIC WHEN PLANNING: Consider what your week looks like and be real with yourself. Maybe this week you can only make time for 2-3 workouts, and maybe next week 6 - that is okay! It’s really important to make your workouts or your workout program suit you and your lifestyle. You know what your priorities are, so when planning, plan around them. For me, I know that working out makes me feel amazing and helps bring my stress levels down - whether it be a high-intensity session or a LISS walk - for this reason it is high on my priority list. When planning, exercise is one of the first things I ensure I make time for - even if it is just a 20 minute walk around the block at lunch.
MAKE A PRIORITY LIST. List every single thing that you feel is a priority during your week, starting at 1. You will quickly see where exercise lies in this list. Consider your priorities and perhaps review, asking yourself if they are realistic and achievable? As I said before, plan your week around those priorities (they can also change), be realistic with them, and stick to it.
PLAN AND PREPARE, to avoid mental fatigue. This may take some work BUT prepare the night before. Get your breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even workout clothes ready. That way you have less decisions to make in the morning, so you can just get up, grab your stuff and go. By reducing the number of decisions your mind is less fatigued, so you have more room to feel fresh, alert and ready to tackle your day.
The key to maintaining a healthy routine is repetition so it becomes habit and something you don’t have to think about. So use the #sweat12wc to help you build a routine and make it part of your life.